Better Things
Better Things Title Card.png
Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Mother" by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Composer(s) Jay Gruska
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Louis C.K.
  • Pamela Adlon
  • M. Blair Breard
  • Dave Becky
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network FX
Original release September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08) – present
External links
Website

Better Things is an American comedy television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters by herself.[1] FX gave a 10-episode order on August 7, 2015.[2] The series premiered on September 8, 2016.[3] On September 20, 2016, FX announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[4]

Contents

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

Notable guest starsEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The pilot was ordered by FX on January 18, 2015. It was written by Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, and directed by Louis C.K.[8] The story is semi-autobiographically based on Adlon's life.[9] The pilot was picked up to a 10-episode series on August 7, 2015.[6][9]

The title of the show comes from The Kinks song, "Better Things".[10]

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Sam/Pilot" Louis C.K. Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08) XBG01001 0.671[11]
2 "Period" Pamela Adlon Story by : Pamela Adlon
Teleplay by : Louis C.K.
September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15) XBG01007 0.570[12]
3 "Brown" Nisha Ganatra Louis C.K. September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) XBG01006 0.382[13]
4 "Woman Is the Something of the Something" Nisha Ganatra Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29) XBG01003 0.455[14]
5 "Future Fever" Lance Bangs Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. and Cindy Chupack October 6, 2016 (2016-10-06) XBG01004 0.439[15]
6 "Alarms" Lance Bangs Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. and Gina Fallore October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13) XBG01009 0.406[16]
7 "Duke's Chorus" Lance Bangs Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. October 20, 2016 (2016-10-20) XBG01005 0.460[17]
8 "Scary Fun" Nisha Ganatra Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27) XBG01008 0.381[18]
9 "Hair of the Dog" Nisha Ganatra Pamela Adlon November 3, 2016 (2016-11-03) XBG01002 0.426[19]
10 "Only Women Bleed" Pamela Adlon Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. November 10, 2016 (2016-11-10) XBG01010 0.547[20]

ReceptionEdit

Better Things has received positive reviews from television critics. The first season has a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100 based 31 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 94% "Certified Fresh" score with an average rating of 8.1 out of 10 based on 47 critic reviews, with the critical consensus "Pamela Adlon's Better Things abstains from traditional sitcom sendups and forges a path all its own - in this bawdy, often hilarious and bittersweet ode to the daily highs and lows of being a single mother."[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Haithman, Diane (January 18, 2015). "Better Things Coming For Louie Veteran Pamela Adlon – TCA". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 7, 2015). "FX Networks Gives Series Orders to Comedies Better Things, Cassius and Clay". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 16, 2016). "Louis C.K.-Pamela Adlon FX Comedy Series 'Better Things' Sets Fall Premiere Date". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ Swift, Andy (September 20, 2016). "Atlanta, Better Things Renewed at FX". TVLine. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ Van Bastelaer, Sophie (November 5, 2016). "All hail the rise of the reasonably competent TV heroine". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d Rose, Lacey (August 7, 2015). "Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon's Better Things Comedy Lands Series Order at FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (April 22, 2016). "'Better Things' Casts Celia Imrie; 'Rectify' Adds Rebecca Tilney". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 18, 2015). "FX Orders Comedy Pilot Starring Pamela Adlon From Louis CK". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 7, 2015). "Louis C.K.-Pamela Adlon Comedy Better Things Gets FX Series Order". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (September 8, 2016). "Pamela Adlon Can't Believe She Has Her Own Show". Vulture. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ Welch, Alex (September 9, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: 'Queen of the South' ticks back up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 16, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.15.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 22, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.22.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 30, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.29.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 7, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.6.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 14, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.13.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 21, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.20.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  18. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 28, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.27.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  19. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 4, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.3.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 11, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.10.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Better Things - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Better Things: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 

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